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Shiurim on Chumash and Navi by Menachem Leibtag
In Memory of Rabbi Avraham Leibtag (1 Shvat, 5682 - 5 Adar, 5756)
for Parshat MIKETZ & CHANUKA
Questions for Preparation and Self Study
Questions for Preparation - Word Format
Shiur #1: Chanuka's Biblical Roots
Shiur #2: Chanuka's Biblical Roots - Part Two
Abstract of Chanuka shiur [Text] [Word]
Shiur #3: Chanukat Ha'Nsiim - The Torah Reading for Chanuka
Yosef and his Brothers
Chanuka's Biblical Roots
Is it simply by chance that Chanuka falls out on the 25th of
Kislev? Most students would answer a definite "Yes." After all,
isn't the reason for the date of Chanuka based on the popular
acronym - chanu b'chaf heh - they rested [from battle] on the
25th (of Kislev)? Hence, had the battle ended (and/or had the
miracle of the Menorah taken place) on a different day,
Chanuka would have been celebrated on that day instead. Correct?
Not really! A closer examination of various traditional
sources relating to Chanuka indicates quite the opposite.
So why do we celebrate Chanuka on "Chanuka?"
In this shiur, we attempt to explain why.
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Chanuka shiur - Part Two
Part Two of the Chanuka shiur, relating to the connection
between Chanuka and the winter solstice.
Chanukat Ha'Nsiim - The Torah Reading for Chanuka
Did you ever notice the last pasuk in Parshat Naso?
Probably not, but if you did - it most certainly would have
We'll begin this week's shiur by explaining why that pasuk
'should have bothered you'. Then we will suggest a solution
that will help us understand both the structure of Parshat
Naso and the importance of national unity.
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